Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012: Park Circus’ Year in Review

The African Queen

Park Circus had a fantastic year in 2011. Between the acclaim that greeted the cinematic returns of The African Queen and Taxi Driver and the ghoulish goings on in 1980s New York in Ghostbusters we just couldn’t stop putting classic gold back in cinemas. Before we move forward into what promises to be another killer year with the 70th anniversary re-release of Casablanca, the complete digital restoration of Powell and Pressburger’s wartime masterpiece The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and the original and best tragic cruiser movie, A Night to Remember – let us pause a moment to glance back.

In 2011 Park Circus was very proud to become Miramax Films international library distributor and also to extend our relationship with MGM to handle their catalogue internationally. We also put these amazing films back in cinemas, each one looking as good as ever:

The African Queen (John Huston, 1951)

Man of Aran (Robert Flaherty, 1934)

The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)

Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

Cutter’s Way (Ivan Passer, 1981)

Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946)

Kes (Ken Loach, 1969)

West Side Story (Robert Wise, 1961)

La Piscine (Jacques Deray, 1969)

Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)

The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978)

Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)

Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)

La Piscine

If that wasn’t enough the good folk at Park Circus Towers toiled night and day to bring you the very best classic cinema on DVD and Blu-ray. In 2011 Park Circus restored and reissued the following on DVD and Blu-ray:

The Pillow Book (Peter Greenaway, 1996)

Der Rosenkavalier (Paul Czinner, 1962)

Boudu Saved From Drowning (Jean Renoir, 1932)

Orphans (Peter Mullan, 1998)

Man of Aran (Robert Flaherty, 1934)

The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925)

Taking Off (Milos Forman, 1971)

Charade (Stanley Donen, 1963)

Charlie Chaplin The Collection (Various, Various)

La Piscine (Jacques Deray, 1969)

Finally 2011 was also the year Park Circus launched this blog page to give exhibitors and fans of classic cinema a little bit extra. In 2012 we hope the Park Circus blog and website will grow and blossom into a thing of great beauty and usefulness. As a bit of fun we asked some of the contributors to the Park Circus blog in 2011 to list their favourite films of last year:

Jonathan Melville (Blog editor and writer from February-November 2011)

1. Deep End (BFI) Forgotten 1970 British drama from Jerzy Skolimowski resurfaced on Blu-ray in 2011.

2. Black Pirate (Park Circus) Douglas Fairbanks’ 1926 epic arrived on DVD and proved that action films don’t need 3D or CGI to entertain.

3. I Went Down (Touchstone) Set in Dublin’s seedy underworld, the real crime at the centre of Paddy Breathnach’s I Went Down is why it’s taken 14 years to arrive on DVD.

4. Harakiri (Masters of Cinema) Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 film finds an ex-Samurai asking if he can commit suicide in the courtyard of a rich clan.

5. His Kind of Woman (Odeon) John Farrow’s 1951 feature is part film noir and part noir-spoof, and I’m still not sure which part I enjoyed most.

Matt Palmer (Screenwriter and curator of Psychotronic cinema events)

I’ve got a lot of films from late 2011 to catch up on. In terms of what I’ve seen I only have a Top 2.

1. Drive (Icon)

2. Cutter’s Way (Park Circus)

Eddie Harrison (Screenwriter, film critic and communications officer at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival)

1. Drive (Icon)

2. Taxi Driver (Park Circus)

3. Bridesmaids (Universal)

4. Black Swan (20th Century Fox)

5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Studio Canal)

Ian Hoey (Writer and critic)

1.    Drive (Icon)

2.    Hobo With A Shotgun (Momentum)

3.    Submarine (Optimum)

4.    Essential Killing (Artificial Eye)

5.    Taking Off (Park Circus)

Taxi Driver

Jack Bell (Park Circus multi-tasker, lover of all things French)

1. The Tree of Life (2oth Century Fox)

2. Midnight in Paris (Warner)

3. The Last Picture Show (Park Circus)

4. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye/Paramount)

5. La Piscine (Park Circus)

DVD and Blu-ray

1. Boudu Saved From Drowning / Boudu sauvé des eaux (Park Circus)

2. Chaplin: The Collection (Park Circus)

3. Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (Artificial Eye)

4. Mammoth (Soda)

5. L’age d’or / Un chien andalou (BFI)

Paul Greenwood (Film critic)

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner)

2. NEDS (E1 Entertainment)

3. West Side Story (Park Circus)

4. Drive (Icon)

5. Tangled (Walt Disney)

So there you have it, at Park Circus we love great cinema and in 2012 we are going to carry on the good fight to share it with you, in cinemas, at home or on your computer. Stick with us kid – it’s a hill of beans out there otherwise…

Visit http://www.parkcircus.com/now-showing/ to find out what Park Circus films are showing where you are now.

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